A warm welcome to all of the members of our Aroma Tours Newsletter in over 30 countries around the world.
Robbi and I now in beautiful Provence ( right where the above photo was taken in fact ) amongst the sweeping lavender and sunflower fields, enjoying a wonderful time with our guests during our Heart of Provence Tour
We also remember very fondly the delightful adventures that we shared with our Aroma Travellers in Spain during our Flavours of Spain Tour and Spanish Gourmet Pilgrimage many of whom have journeyed with us before.
This year is our most successful tour season in our 23 years of Aroma Tours and we are thrilled to see that it looks as though 2018 is going to be even better!
There are still a few places available this September for our Aromas of Tuscany Tour and Bali Women's Retreat and if you would like to "seize the day" and journey with us this year, please get in touch with us shortly as we will soon be closing bookings for our 2017 season.
Without doubt, the main reason that we have grown and flourished over the years, is the on-going support we have received from our past Aroma Travellers and we are once again thrilled to see that they will be making up over 68% of our guests!
We would also like to give our heart-felt thanks to all of you who continue to support us with your kind words and referrals.
Robbi and I also greatly appreciate the wonderful words of thanks we have received over the years and have added a new compilation of Guest Comments to our site.
Bookings for our 2017 tour season are now almost complete, however, there are still a few vacancies available for our Aromas of Tuscany Tour and Bali Women's Retreat..
Reservations for 2018 are going wonderfully well with a 300% increase in new enquiries and a greater than ever number of returning guests confirming that they will be joining us once again next year.
The current booking status for our 2017 / 2018 season at the time of this newsletter is:-
|List of Available Tours for 2017/2018|
|Aromas of Tuscany||5 - 12 September 2017||2 vacancies|
|Bali Women's Retreat||22 - 9 September 2017||2 vacancies|
|Bali Women's Retreat||11 - 18 September 2017||2 vacancies|
|Flavours of Spain||21 - 28 May 2018||10 vacancies|
|Spanish Gourmet Pilgrimage||28 May - 4 June 2018||9 vacancies|
|Heart of Provence||25 June - 2 July 2018||10 vacancies|
|Essential Provence||2 - 9 July 2018||13 vacancies|
|Aromas of Provence||13 - 20 July 2018||11 vacancies|
|Aromas of Tuscany||4 - 11 September 2018||14 vacancies|
|Flavours of Italy||11 - 18 September 2018||13 vacancies|
|Bali Women's Retreat||8 - 15 September 2018||10 vacancies|
It is hard to find time to write a newsletter whilst we are on tour but photos are a great way to get a feel for the lovely places and experiences that we have been sharing and enjoying with our guests in Spain and Provence.
We invite you to join us to explore some of these wonderful places, people and experiences with us and take your own "selfie" memories.
We are greatly looking forward to sharing the beauty and bounty of autumn in Tuscany with our Aroma Travellers this September during our Aromas of Tuscany Tour.
As well as glorious countryside and nourishment for the eyes, life in Tuscany takes on a different pace with long lunches in beautiful hilltop villages, fabulous coffee, delicious wines, truffles, parmegiano cheese, porchini mushrooms, prosciutto, fresh pasta..... ( so many wonderful tastes ), laughter and the fine Italian art of "dolce fa niente" - sweet doing nothing!
Our journey is also about absorbing the richness and passion of Italian life and savouring its cultural heritage evident in the art, architecture, pageantry, festivals, fashion, design, craftsmanship and unique approach to living.
We are all destined to be transformed by the magic of this wonderful place - feeling more Italian moment by moment, speaking more enthusiastically, smiling broadly and even display a bit of emphatic hand waving!
As well as couples and friends travelling together, we are regularly joined by solo travellers - mostly women, who appreciate being able to journey with liked minded people from around the world, without the need to do all the planning and take on the daunting task of touring by themselves.
Joining one of our small group tours is easy and we have already made all of the arrangements on your behalf to ensure that you have a delightful, stress-free holiday with the focus on having fun.
Having a ready-made group of friends to travel with, and us to take wonderful care of you is the way to go!
We have carefully crafted off-the-beaten-path itineraries that are the perfect balance of structure, experiences, details and free time to enjoy in your own way.
There have been a significant number of guests over the years who and have joined us multiple times, some of whom have become dear friends.
Robbi and I look forward to welcoming you to one of our delightful tours or retreats as we continue moving towards our retirement in the next few years.
Jim and Robbi